Tell the children that trusting God rather than worrying even when you don’t know how things are going to happen, is exactly what Mary did.
Do the following object lesson.
Today I brought with me items that each of you could find in your home. First, I brought oil.
Hold the oil and pour it into one of the smallest transparent containers.
This oil will represent worry. Write the word worry on a piece of duct tape and stick it on the container as a label. The kids need to see it.
What does it mean to worry? Take some answers from the children. We worry when we are afraid or because we do not know what will happen.
I also brought water. Pour water into a second clear container.
I’m going to add some food coloring to the water so you can see it more easily. Add a few drops of food colouring to the water depending on the amount of water used and stir until homogeneous.
This water represents trust in God. Write the word trust on a piece of duct tape and stick it on the container. The kids need to see it.
What does it mean to trust God? Take the children’s answers. Trusting God means that we remember that He is in control and knows everything. We don’t need to be afraid because God takes care of us.
Does God want us to worry or trust Him? Can we trust God and worry at the same time?
Let our “worry” and “trust” show us the answer. Can we trust and worry? Can they mix and perform at the same time?
At the same time pour some of the oil and water into the third container. The oil and water will appear to mix at first. But as the children watch, they will slowly see the two separate. The oil will end up on top of the water.
Hold the third container so the children can see it.
Now that you’ve seen the display of worry and trust, can the two be mixed together and happen at the same time? No, our hearts cannot have full confidence in God and worry at the same time. The two don’t mix. God wants us to trust Him whenever we are tempted to worry, because He takes care of us. He controls and knows everything that has happened in the past, happens in the present and will happen in the future. God is more than worthy of our total trust.